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View of the Sakuma River leading up to the Taj Mahal in Agra, India

A mover's guide to living in India

One of the fastest growing economies in the world, and the largest democracy, India is expected to overtake China by 2028 as the world’s most populous nation. From the Himalayan peaks to the Indian Ocean coastline, its landscape includes iconic landmarks like the Taj Mahal and the sacred River Ganges — an enduring place of pilgrimage, and a lifeline to millions. With its federal political system, people, languages and cultures, India is a vast nation, home to some of the world's most ancient surviving civilizations.

Opportunities abound for qualified and experienced expats to find challenging and rewarding work in a variety of sectors. But if you’re considering moving from your home nation to set up a new life in India, you’ll need to consider important issues like health care, job markets, housing, climate, and cultural differences.

What is it like to live in India?

India is acknowledged to be one of the fastest growing economies in the world, continuing to sustain annual growth in its GDP at over 7% per annum.

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The cost of living

As an emerging and developing economy, the cost of living in India is generally considered to be significantly lower than that of living in the UK, U.S. or Australia.

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Making India home

Finding accommodation in India is relatively straightforward, but travellers planning to relocate to India should seek housing advice from their employer and use a recommended lettings agency that specialises in expatriate accommodation.

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Finding work

In spite of the fact that Indian universities produce tens of thousands of well-educated and work-ready graduates each year, the supply of graduate labour force participants is still unable to keep pace with the voracious demands of the country’s rapidly growing economy.

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Business etiquette

The Indian context offers some interesting and noteworthy distinctions from its European and North American counterparts that go beyond the relationship-based way of doing business.

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Health insurance for India

If you're considering a long-term relocation to India, addressing your health care needs should be an integral part of your advance planning.

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Health care system

The vast majority of India's health care is now provided by for-profit private hospitals, routinely offering standards of clinical care comparable with provision available in more developed countries.

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